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Published by Sugar & Cream, Tuesday 18 June 2024

Images courtesy of Space Copenhagen (Joachim Wichmann)

Unveils interiors of Le Pristine Tokyo for Michelin-starred Chef Sergio Herman

Danish design studio Space Copenhagen has completed the interiors of Le Pristine Tokyo, a new restaurant headed by acclaimed Chef Sergio Herman, located on street level at the much-anticipated Hotel Toranomon Hills. Located in the evolving Toranomon Hills in Tokyo, this is the second Le Pristine designed by Space Copenhagen and marks Sergio Herman’s debut in Asia.

Continuing the ethos of the original Le Pristine Antwerp, which opened in Belgium in 2020 and was awarded a Michelin star in its first year of operation, Le Pristine Tokyo invites diners to partake in a sophisticated celebration of life and creativity, which is expressed through food, fashion, design, art, and music.

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Space Copenhagen was keen to weave characteristics of the hotel’s ambiance into the design of Le Pristine Tokyo. Maintaining the original signature features of the Antwerp restaurant and its collaborations with celebrated artists from Sergio Herman’s home region in the Netherlands, Le Pristine Tokyo has also collaborated with Japanese artists, including Kohei Ukai, Kenji Gomi, and Takeya Takeda. A Maarten Baas host station and chandelier greet visitors on entry. Morphed mirror disco balls by Dutch art collective Rotganzen illuminate the restaurant and the hotel’s adjacent lobby, pulling these two distinct spaces together for a unified guest experience.

Space Copenhagen incorporated a range of bespoke tables and sofas within the space. The principal Dining Chair is a custom design by Frederica, with additional Dining Chairs in Grey Stained Oak and High Stools from Mater. &Tradition’s celebrated Como and Manhattan battery-powered lights by Space Copenhagen are also featured. A wide range of bespoke lights and fixtures were designed for the restaurant.

There is a noticeable design synergy, with a natural flow and progression, between the design of Hotel Toranomon Hills and Le Pristine. The characteristics of the Le Pristine Antwerp venue also connect to the fabric of the hotel and restaurant architecture, resulting in Le Pristine Tokyo existing as a variation of the Antwerp design while evolving its identity in the Tokyo setting. The Tokyo outpost is intended to introduce the characteristic cuisine of Le Pristine into a highly social, lively, and atmospherically refined environment that caters to both hotel residents and visitors beyond.

Food at the immersive casual fine dining restaurant and café is carefully served on wabi-sabi inspired “INKU” tableware by Serax from Belgium and designed by Sergio Herman. The restaurant offers contemporary European cuisine that fuses carefully selected ingredients from the Zeeland province, the chef’s birthplace in the southwestern region of the Netherlands, and Japanese flavors to create a new immersive gastronomic experience.

Hotel Toranomon Hills and Le Pristine, which are part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, have a role to play in the transformed identity of the surrounding area. Nested into a high-rise structure and crowning the emerging metro station, it seeks to offer a seamless transition between a broader sense of hospitality and the wider district in all its complexity.

Peter Bundaard Rützou and Signe Bindslev Henriksen, Founding Partners of Space Copenhagen, commented on the design of Le Pristine Tokyo, saying, “We have enjoyed the challenge of designing Le Pristine Tokyo in a new area in the dynamic city of Tokyo. We evolved our work to best suit its needs and are very pleased with the result. Designing the restaurant and the new Hotel Toranomon Hills in this much-anticipated neighborhood has been very exciting for us, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Le Pristine Tokyo.”

Chef Sergio Herman added, “Working with Space Copenhagen on Le Pristine Tokyo, our third adventure thus far, has been a wild ride. Seeing a unique project like this coming together in an amazing country with such an incredible culture is an otherworldly experience. I am proud to call this my home away from home, and that is, for a great part, the work of my friends of Space Copenhagen.”

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